Oral and dental health easily ranks among the most important areas of your overall health you need to constantly monitor and care for. And yet, oral health is often neglected, both because of an aversion to seeing the dentist and because of the seeming tediousness of upholding good home oral hygiene practices on a continual basis.
Gum disease comes in 4 distinct stages of progression, beginning as gingivitis and culminating in advanced periodontitis. At first, its symptoms are mild and fully reversible. But left unchecked, it can lead to deterioration of gum and bone tissue, tooth loss, and infection/inflammations spreading from the mouth to other parts of the body.
When most people think of dental hygiene, or oral hygiene, they immediately focus their thoughts on tooth health. But the fact is, dental hygiene is no less critical to periodontal (gum) health.
Most of us have heard of the importance of regular brushing, flossing, and general oral care from the time we were children. And yet, we may not have given much thought to the many benefits of good dental hygiene, apart from the prevention of cavities.
Your oral and dental hygiene affects your overall health in many ways we are only beginning to understand. Recent studies, for example, show the importance of a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums in preventing or managing diabetes, the connection between oral health and heart health, the way that periodontal inflammations can lead to inflammations in other parts of your body, and more.